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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ricke
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-02-26. Served in snifter. 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-01-28).

Appearance: Pours a clear golden copper with a 2 cm off-white head that settles rather quickly and leaves some lacings.

Smell: A rather sweet smell with plenty of malts and fruits of the forest. Notes of bubblegum. Some mint and earthy aromas as well.

Taste: The taste has a prominent and rather sweet malt character - a bit caramel-like. Gentle citric notes. Earthy notes, grass and general floral hop flavors. Faint yeast in the background. The alcohol is noticeable and gets more prominent towards the end. The finish has a light bitterness to it, is slightly dry, has a restrained hop character, is slightly metallic and contains a rather big amount of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fuller than I had expected, but is still in the medium range. Small lively bubbles, yet it's still quite smooth actually.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, and it drinks easily. Still, it's not great, and it's certainly not very interesting. It lacks complex and all in all it's different flavors are too restrained. I was expecting more from it. However, this was my first bière de garde, so I don't have many reference points to compare it with. But I was expecting something in the line of a Belgian saison, and even though I can detect some small similarities, this is far from a saison. It's too clean, too restrained and anonymous. Again, not a bad beer, but I'll probably forget about it in a while.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

I believe this is my first Biere de Garde as I actually bought this thinking it was a blonde beer in a french supermarket just outside Geneva. The label is a bit misleader as it claims to be a "biere blonde" which i assumed was just a standard blonde beer but this is actually classified as a biere de Garde.

Appearance: Perfect clarity, tangerine, copper body with moderate carbonation rising from the bottom. Big fluffy white head leaving crater-like divots as it recedes to an uneven 1 finger head leaving lacing down the side of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of grainy, almost like unpopped popcorn aromas that are slightly bitter. I also get some baked apple smells, maybe a touch of coriander on the end of the aroma. Fresh notes mixed with some grassy, grain and light baked apple notes dominate the aroma.

The taste is very sup rising. Really light, silky body that rolls across the palate leaving notes of peach peel, soft lemon notes, orange sweetness and a dry champagne like finish. Complexity really shines in this beer and the craftsmanship is easy to see here. Very enjoyable, has a honey suckle like sweetness to balance with the acidity that really is perfect.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good level of carbonation, lasting aftertaste that leaves sweet and bitter notes playing off the palate. The dry finish makes this an easy beer to re-visit after each sip. Great 750ml bottle allows you to see this beer as it warms up which benefits this beer greatly, but is also great and refreshing right out of the fridge.

Overall this beer is really singing to me. Not sure if this is typical biere de grade style, but to me it seems like a european blonde mixed with citrusy kolsch or even a blanche beer without the unfiltered wheat characteristics. Worth trying for sure if you can get it. I will get this again.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goudale pours a glowing coppery gold with peachy accents and a generous white head which leaves nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma is of sweet honeylike malts with pear, apple and faint citrus notes. A slight musty grassiness as well perhaps from hopping. Noble hops I do believe.

The flavor is quite nice, sweet clover honey with apricots, pears and apples with a nice mild bitterness in the back of the palate. Nicely rounded and balanced flavors with just a touch of alcohol in the profile.

Mouthfeel is lively and on the lighter side of medium. Very smooth, a bit creamy and nicely carbonated.

My first French beer and first of the Bière de Garde style, Goudale is every bit as good as the Belgian styles I've been sampling of late. Very nice and definitely recomended!

Photo of barryjg
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Pamola
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear gold, releasing a lot of carbonation on the glass but no real head to speak of. Nice lacing and color though.

S: Mellow estry and earthy malt aroma with crisp hops in the end. Smells a bit like a mellow farmhouse ale.

T: Wonderfully tart with hops and a distinct sweetness. Lemon in the back. This is pretty refreshing. The citrus overtones are very nice in this style. Certainly a little booze bite in there as well.

M: Effervescent, which goes great with the tartness and hoppy citrus flavors. The beer has decent body. Rather consistent throughout the mouth.

D: This is my best Biere de Garde experience yet. This could be my new really hot summer day beer.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Golden body. Small diminishing off-white head.
S: A pongy, plasticy smell.
T: Very bready with lots of umami. An unpleasant bitter aftertaste but not too bad. Its fruity, syrupy and also vinous.
O: Not bad.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle 11-28-11 cork and cage

Light amber color, very clear. Minimal head, some lacing. average carbonation. smell is unique. Grainy, musky funk. Almost a wine character.

Smooth first sip. What i believe is a grainy pilsner flavor. Light sweetness. It actually tastes like corn to me. Bitterness and overall hop presence is mild.

Light mouthfeel and refreshing, but also a bit bland. ABV is respectable. A notable sweet adjunct flavor I am not hugely fond of. Pretty unique though.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Pours an orange-yellow color with a pretty decent off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, some floral notes, a little boozy, and earthiness from the yeast. Taste is similar with some caramel malts and a touch alcoholic. Mouthfeel is very active, medium bodied, and gives a slight metallic aftertaste. Overall decent, but not my favorite.

Photo of haz77
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark gold with minimal carbonation and a couple of fingers of head. This falls to a thin layer.

S - Medicinal phenols, banana, clove. Ok, if somewhat muted.

T - Medicinal phenols start the drink with the clove moving forward in the middle. Quite astringent finish works to try and clear the coating mouthfeel. Medium-long pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

M - Really good creamy mouthfeel, but with not quite enough carbonation to cut through it at the end of the drink. Mouth is still coated in the aftertaste.

D - Pretty good beer, but lacks complexity. Outclassed by others of the same style.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach gold body with a thin film of a head. Loads of soapy bubbles cling to the glass with some nice lace.

Aroma is sweet and crisp. Hints of citrus, spices, and light hops.

As this is the first beer of the style I have tried it is new territory. Flavor is much like a Belgian ale though lighter. Not as heavy in the malt or spice profile. Drinkability is excellent.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured a fluffy 4-finger head with large bubbles, but dissipated rather rapidly.

Clear, dark straw color with a stream a tiny bubbles ascending up the center. Slight and mild, fragrant aroma of banana a malt. The flavor offers strong banana, mild spice, then some candy on the finish.

Medium-mouthed, a bit soapy and a touch syrupy, progresses from bright when first hitting the tongue to sappy and warm on the finish.

Not bad, but not all the memorable.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head

Fruity and spicey smell. Yeasty no doubt. A decent amount of citrus character is present, and not a lot of the horseblanket mustiness I'd expect.

The taste is almost like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but with the flavour turned down a few notches. Slightly sour finish, and a lot of sweetness on the sides of the mouth. The bitter finish is somewhat lemony.

Crisp carbonation with a light body.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very clear copper with a solid white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste is only slightly funky. Percievable alcohol is surrounded by a semi-sweet malt base. Also just a hint of fruit. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Again don't let the other reviews fool you this is worth buying. Not amazing, but still an extremely solid offering.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it because it was a french beer and I was all: Say whaaaa?1?!?!?1 The French only make wine! Let's see how it is.

A: Pretty average. Light clear amber. Little head dissipates quickly. Some lacing remains.

S: Very fruity. Big grape note. Malty. Maybe some orange. A little mustiness is nice.

T: Fruit comes through big at first. A sweetness follows that seems a little unbalanced and gritty. Fades to a bit of bittereness which is ok. A watery finish is a real let down.

M: Carbonation is powerful and a light glassy finish. Sits a bit too light.

Overall the first sip I had of this was great: lots going on with the sweetness and the bitter and the various earthy and musty notes. But as I got more into the beer a lot of the weaknesses began to come through. Its a pretty light beer which doesn't pair will with the big flavor notes. Certainly better than an average beer but not blowing my mind.

Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rebel1771
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head with good retention.

S: Grainy bready aroma with peppery hints.

T: Sweet flavor comes on strong in the begining leading to a slightly bitter finish. Slight notes of fruit can be noticed as well.

D: This is actually a quite nice brew. Very refreshing, but be careful that alc. content can sneak up on you.

Photo of mizx
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pipinmalikonj
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JayNH
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden color with a slight chill haze. A huge foamy head, good retention and lacing.

S- Malty sweet, fruity, pleasant....

T- A hint of alcohol upfront, a dry fruity sweetness. Sort of musty, with a grape peel sourness. Finishes with a grassy hop note.

M- Smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation is brisk but appropriate.

D- Excellent, I'd enjoy a few of these....

Photo of JeltMaaj
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mush
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.